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THE OFFICIAL BLOG OF FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHER KEITH DOTSON

Nashville photographed on 35mm black and white film

Nashville photographed on 35mm black and white film

Shooting Nashville with a vintage ’70s Olympus 35 EC camera on Ilford Delta 400 black and white film

For fun, I like to shoot black and white film in vintage cameras. In my current hometown of Nashville, I spent a day playing with my favorite little 35mm point-and-shoot from the early 1970s, the Oly 35 EC. This little rangefinder camera is fun and easy to use because, aside from the zone focus, it’s fully automatic. The Olympus 35 EC has a sharp, contrasty 42mm f/2.8 lens, perfect for B&W film. For detailed specs on the camera, visit Camera Wiki here.

Olympus 35 EC rangefinder camera

Pictures of Nashville

Downtown Nashville seen from the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, now called the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge
Downtown Nashville seen from the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, now called the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge
Film grain and sharpness detail from the photograph above, showing a detail of the historic Nashville waterfront buildings along 1st Avenue.
Film grain and sharpness detail from the photograph above, showing a section of the historic Nashville waterfront buildings along 1st Avenue.
The trusses of the Shelby Street Bridge over the Cumberland River in Nashville
The trusses of the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge over the Cumberland River in Nashville, photographed on Ilford Delta 400 iso film.

Watch my behind-the-scenes video made while shooting this roll of film in Nashville


Ghost signs on the historic Nashville waterfront
Ghost signs on the historic Nashville waterfront
Tourists on Broadway
Tourists on Broadway
Jack's BBQ sign seen from their second floor window, looking out onto Broadway
Jack’s BBQ sign seen from their second floor window, looking out onto Broadway
The Ryman
The Ryman
Gothic Revival columns fragments from the old Tennessee Statehouse
Gothic Revival columns fragments from the old Tennessee Statehouse
Column fragments on the capitol hill lawn
Column fragments on the capitol hill lawn
Iron gate on one of Nashville's downtown churches
Iron gate on one of Nashville’s downtown churches
Church fence with the Cohen Building in the background
Church fence with the Cohen Building in the background
Sign for Printer's Alley in downtown Nashville
Sign for Printer’s Alley in downtown Nashville
Historic office building with a faded ghost sign for the long-gone Bradford Nichol Furniture
Historic office building with a faded ghost sign for the long-gone Bradford Nichol Furniture
The historic Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville
The historic Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville
Decaying architectural pieces outside Preservation Station
Decaying architectural pieces outside Preservation Station

See all of my black and white Nashville photographs here.

Thanks for reading!

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~ Keith

 

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